Balancing Public Market Benefits and Burdens for Smaller Companies Post-Sarbanes-Oxley
45 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2005
Accumulating evidence suggests that several recent regulations enacted by Congress and the SEC, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, have disproportionately burdened smaller public companies in a negative manner, such that many of these companies are exiting the public markets. This Article describes these regulations, reviews their effects, and proposes several options that the SEC might choose to address the imbalance of costs and benefits for small businesses. The simplest option would provide for a waiver or postponement of certain regulations imposed under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act More significant possible measures include the expansion of the SEC's small business regulatory regime under Regulation S-B, and the creation of a securities market for small-business issuers.
Keywords: Sarbanes-Oxley, small business
JEL Classification: K22
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